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An Oil Painting of the Redskins’ Infamous ‘Swinging Gate’ Play (No, Seriously)

Sometimes I love having a blog. Getting this email from Pete Cullen is one of those times:

I thought that you might get a kick out of this oil painting I did of the Swinging Gate play (or maybe you think it’s insane). Anyway, I hope it brings you a chuckle or at least distracts you from something else for a minute.

The aforementioned oil painting was attached (click to enlarge):

Obviously, that’s both brilliant and insane, and we’re proud to report that our TV photography was Cullen’s muse. I had to learn more about the artist, and he replied in kind:

I’ve done some football-related things, but not any other Skins stuff. I’ve thought about doing a Fun Bunch painting. It’s kind of a razor thin irony/kitsch line to walk. Can’t let my fellow hipsters on to the fact that I actually care about this stuff.

Editor’s note: Yes, a Fun Bunch painting is a must. More from Cullen:

I cut [the Swinging Gate painting] out of a 4’x2′ piece of MDF so it’s smaller than that. If anyone wants to buy it, let me know. Also, it’s supposed to be in a show in Baltimore in February (fingers crossed) so I might need to borrow it back or delay delivery until then.

Someone please buy this and hang it on Danny Smith’s front door. Also, let us know what else we should try to commission from Cullen. Frerotte’s head butt? Cerrato’s crazy eyes? Westbrook vs. Davis? Deion’s introductory press conference? Theismann’s broken leg? Inspiration abounds.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. paul mitchell

    November 5, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Oh man, commission the Theismann leg. Do it NOW.

  2. Jack Anderson

    November 5, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Absolutely priceless. I’d buy it.

  3. pearlbullets

    November 5, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    This is outstanding

    Commission Dexter Manley crushing Danny White in the 83 NFC championship. scroll down for image

  4. Tim

    November 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    If he could somehow capture the Spurrier Lips Flapping, ( that would be awesome!

  5. Illegal Immigrant

    November 5, 2010 at 5:31 PM

  6. Jamie Mottram

    November 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Illegal, our uncle actually has that hanging in his living room.

  7. DShif

    November 6, 2010 at 12:27 AM

    Do you guys know Pete Cullen’s email address? I’d like to contact him about this great painting.

  8. Jamie Mottram

    November 6, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Here you go, DShif:

  9. A Fine Messi

    November 6, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    commission a greek marble statue of Carlos Stone Hands Rogers

  10. Illegal Immigrant

    November 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Jamie, your uncle is a great man.

  11. Terps77

    November 8, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    Clearly, Cullen should commissioned to complete a tasteful nude; Cooley’s Junk Over Playbook.

  12. kip

    November 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    A must have for any serious art collector

  13. paintings

    January 4, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Nice Blog i like this painting. thank u. paintings for sale .

  14. Sam Johnston

    January 28, 2011 at 4:22 AM

    Nice Blog. Really rocking art. Its a priceless painting. I like this painting. Thank You. Have a look at paintings for sale as they also showcase some great paintings.

  15. TJL

    June 5, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    This got linked on the main page today. Still as amazing now as it was then

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